Great Hall Lunchtime Concerts

Last Monday of every month - The Great Hall

The Arts Centre’s famous lunchtime concerts are back in the Great Hall, with them being held on the last Monday of each month until November.

Presented in conjunction with the Concerts for Christchurch Foundation Trust, the programme includes established local musicians along with talented rising stars, in line with the Arts Centre’s desire to create both platforms and pathways for local musicians. Download a pdf of the full programme.

The line-up includes pianists, singers, a string trio and a choir, with well-known names including Cathy Irons, Zara Ballara, Jennine Bailey, Helen Webby, Sacha Vee and the Sweet Adelines Chorus. Email us for enquiries or reservations.

Tickets are available at the Great Hall door from 12 noon on the day of the concert. Eftpos available:

  • Adults $15
  • Friends of the Arts Centre, and Friends of the Concerts for Christchurch Foundation Trust $10
    (membership open to all)
  • Students & children $5

On the day of the concert, pop next door to Bunsen café with your lunchtime concert programme to enjoy exclusive monthly deals. Bookings for groups are advised. This month’s deals:

  • $11 for one savoury cabinet item and one coffee or tea 
  • $8 for one sweet cabinet item and one coffee or tea

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Soprano Zara Ballara

May 28 1.10pm – 1.50pm

In this performance, international opera star Zara Ballara is accompanied by pianist Iola Shelley. Following a successful European opera career, Zara has returned to Christchurch where she leads vocal studies at the University of Canterbury.

Chamber Music

June 25 1.10pm – 1.50pm

This performance showcases some of the finest musicians from local secondary schools – rising stars that will astound with their talent. Following this concert, they will compete in the National NZCT Chamber Music National finals.

Pianist Lixin Zhang

July 30 1.10pm – 1.50pm

This award-winning musician is in his final year of study at Burnside High School and has performed to huge acclaim in Europe. Playing with a maturity that belies his age, Lixin has been offered musical scholarships in both Europe and the US.

Vocalist Sacha Vee

August 27 1.10pm – 1.50pm

Christchurch’s own neo-soul singer, Sacha Vee, is joined by Tom Rainey on piano, promising to scorch the stage with her powerful voice. In this special concert, she revisits her jazz roots – performing favourite jazz standards along with new material written with Tom.

Sweet Adelines Chorus

September 24 1.10pm – 1.50pm

Aiming to empower, involve, enrich and entertain, the Sweet Adelines have proudly represented Christchurch and New Zealand on the international stage 10 times to huge acclaim and success. This includes performances in Las Vegas, Hawaii, Houston, Carnegie Hall and New Orleans.

Harpist Helen Webby

October 29 1.10pm – 1.50pm

Don’t miss a unique opportunity to hear this instrument performed solo as Helen presents an intimate tour of the world of harp: from Wales and the Baroque, to Paris and La Belle Epoque. Helen is Principal Harpist with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and is well known nationally as a soloist, chamber and orchestral performer.

Jazz vocalist Jennine Bailey and pianist Tom Rainey

November 26 1.10pm – 1.50pm

Jennine and Tom have performed as a duo for more than 15 years throughout New Zealand and have collaborated on various recording projects. Join them as they share some of their favourite melodies.

The performers were delighted when they heard they’d be performing in the Great Hall which is renowned for its incredible acoustics and unique historic ambience, says Artistic Director Trish Rainey.

“I’m thrilled that we’re re-launching lunchtime concerts at the Arts Centre – so many Cantabrians have fond memories of attending performances in the Great Hall before the earthquakes and this is a great excuse for people to come back and experience the restored space.”

The Great Hall Lunchtime Concerts series is brought to you by the Arts Centre and the Concerts for Christchurch Foundation Trust who wish to acknowledge all participating musicians for their enthusiasm and professionalism in performing in this wonderful series.

 

Past:

Violinist Fiona Pears with Friends

February 26 1.10pm – 1.50pm

Talented local violinist and composer Fiona Pears is joined by legendary local guitarists Keith Petch and Bob Heinz to perform the music of French violinist Stéphane Grappelli and guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt.

$5 to $15

Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 60 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.